Weekend News Report - 9th/10th June 2018

Molloy And Scopes Strike Gold At South Of England Championships

The weekend of athletics featured two main events for members of the Club with the South of England Championships, held at Bedford and the Kent Schools Championships at Ashford. The former was for the senior and under 20 athletes, with the schools championships primarily for those up to year 11.

Tonbridge had two gold medal winners at Bedford, as Sean Molloy won the men’s 1500 metres and Alfie Scopes, the under 20 men’s Shot Put. Coincidentally both doubled up and took silver medals in their ‘other’ event.

Molloy had a very busy Saturday, running a 1500m heat between his 800m heat and final and, although he qualified for both finals, he was beaten in the 800m by Will Snook of Harlow. Molloy ran 1.53.19 to Snook’s 1.52.79. He then came back on Sunday to win the 1500m final, with a strong final lap, in 3.58.62.

Scopes won the under 20 men’s Shot Putt by 57 centimetres, with 14.94m, which was his best so far this season. He was second in the Discus with 50.87m, which was a personal best, behind Sam Woodley, of Herts Phoenix, who threw 54.60m. Scopes is currently ranked 5th in the UK age group rankings at both events.

The only other medal for a Tonbridge athlete went to Joanne Ware, who finished third in the women’s Long Jump with 5.97 metres. The Loughborough University student has competed through all the age groups and this was her best jump to date, adding five centimetres to her best. It also moves her into the UK’s top twenty-five for the season.

Jack Lennard was another to set a significant mark, as he recorded 10.75 in his 100 metres heat, which was a pb and also a qualifying standard for the upcoming British Championships. Lennard made the 100m semi-finals, but didn’t qualify for the final. He returned on Sunday to progress through the heats and semi-finals of the 200m and finished¬† 5th in the final with 22.06, having recorded 21.83 in the earlier round.

Kent Schools Championships

Tonbridge AC athletes returned from the Kent Schools Championships, on Saturday with fourteen gold medals.

In the Inter age group, for school years 10 and 11, Anton Bachorski won the 200 metres in 22.13, setting a new Tonbridge AC record, whilst he did the same in the 100m, where he finished 2nd in 10.94. This time meant that Bachorski became the first ever Tonbridge sprinter in the under 17 age group to run under 11 seconds. Also, in this age group, Freddie Marshall won the Shot Put with 12.00m, Kirsty-Anne Ebbage the Hammer with 43.48m and Rebekah O’Brien the High Jump with 1.55m.

There was also a new under 17 Tonbridge women’s record in the 1500m steeplechase, from No√©mie Thomson, who finished second in 5.11.70, a time that ranks her third in the country.

There was more sprinting success in the Junior age group, for years 8 and 9, as Zac Nwogwugwu won both the 100 and 200 metres, in times of 11.51 and 23.74, the latter equalling the fastest electronic time recorded by a Tonbridge under 15 age group athlete. Emily Bowart smashed her pb when winning the 300 metres in 40.95, which moved her to 3rd on the UK under 15 rankings. The time also set a new Tonbridge club age group record. Lucinda White won the Pole vault (2.95m) and Javelin (34.31m), in the same age group.

Finally, there were five winners in the Year 7 events, as Felix McArdle-Hodge won the Javelin with 37.80m, Olivia Breed the 800m in 2.31.76, Sophie Slack the Javelin with 19.50m, plus Lucy Tallon, who won the 100m in 13.48 and Long Jump with 4.52m.

Videos from the event can be viewed here

Yew Tree Staplehurst 10K

Maria Heslop and Alice Wood finished 1st and 2nd in the women, Dan Bradley, and Graeme Saker were first in their age groups. Graeme Saker took 9th place in 37:06 setting a new Club record in the M55 category.